FUTURE OF OUR WATERSHED EXPLORED

‘Extreme Future: Fire, Floods, a Rising Bay’ is the catchy and eye-opening title of the North Bay Watershed Association’s annual conference at the Marina’s Sheraton Hotel this Friday, April 6, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost is $125 per person general, $30 for students. For information and to reserve a space visit nbwatershed.org/conferences.

SHEEP SHEERING DEMONSTRATED

After a year of hard work growing lots and lots of wool, there are now a number of local sheep who are way overdue for a haircut. Watch them get one this Saturday, April 7, during the annual Sheep Shearing Day at the Petaluma Adobe State Historic Park. The sheep shearing demonstration, performed and presented by John Sanchez of the California Wool Growers Association, takes place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Family craft activities will be part of the fun, at 3325 Adobe Road. Admission to park is $3 for adults, $2 for kids and teens 6-17, and free for those 5 and under.

STRAW BALE GARDENING EXPLAINED

Marybeth Hull will describe methods of using straw bales to garden in areas with poor (or no) soil. Participants will learn the basics, and the pros and cons of straw bale gardening in Sonoma County. Presented by the UC Master Gardener Program of Sonoma County. Saturday, April 7, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Petaluma Regional Library, 100 Fairgrounds Drive.

GARDEN CLUB’S ‘HUNTING FOR ROSES’

The April gathering of the Petaluma Garden Club (Monday, April 9, 9:30 a.m.) will feature a talk by William A. McNamara, the Executive Director of Quarryhill Botanical Garden, famed for its exquisite collection of roses. In addition to talking about Quarryhill, McNamara will discuss his adventures searching for wild roses is East Asia. The meeting is free. Veteran’s Memorial Building, 1094 S. Petaluma Blvd.

WOMEN IN BUSINESS ASK ‘WHAT IS A BRAND?’

Christine Walker, founder of The Design Guild, will speak on the power of branding at this month’s morning meeting of the Petaluma Chamber’s Women in Business gathering. She will explain and unpack the concept of “branding,” and cover various principles of branding in the modern business world. Wednesday, April 11, 7:30 a.m. at Palm’s Grill, 100 S. McDowell Blvd. The no-host breakfast includes time for networking and conversation. For info call Petaluma’s Chamber of Commerce at 707-762-2785.

IRISH BIOPIC ‘’SONG OF GRANITE’

Released in 2017, filmmaker Pat Collins’ stunning and original black-and-white homage to Irish songwriter Joe Heaney was acclaimed for its inventive blend of history, documentary footage, and music. Part of SRJC’s Spring Cinema Series, the screening includes a pre-show presentation by film teacher Mike Traina. The pre-show begins at 6 p.m., and the screening begins at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 11. $6 ($5 for students). Carole L. Ellis Auditorium, SRJC Petaluma campus, 680 Sonoma Mountain Parkway.